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Singapore’s Ng, Finland’s Palermaa lead Singles at World Games

2013WGOskuPalermaa.jpgAfter 12 of 18 games in the Singles event, Singapore’s Geraldine Ng and Finland’s Osku Palermaa lead the field at the 2013 World Games at the Cali Bowling Coliseum.

Ng (pictured above) has a 12-game total of 2650 (220.8 average), while Palermaa (right) has totaled 3000 (250 average) to pace the men’s division. Qualifying resumes with six final games of qualifying Saturday.

The players’ individual scores from the Mixed Doubles carried forward and are combined with two six-game blocks of Singles on Friday and Saturday.

2013WGDanMacLelland.jpg2013WGMadsSandbakken.jpgPalermaa bowled a blistering 1,535 in the second round with games of 290, 266, 243, 270, 197 and 269 to blast the field. Norway’s Mads Sandbækken (left) is second with 2876, while Dan MacLelland (right) of Canada is third with 2857.

Team USA’s Mike Fagan, who won gold in Mixed Doubles with Kelly Kulick, sits in fourth place with 2778 and is 222 pins off the lead heading into the final round of qualifying.

“I was still on a high from winning the mixed doubles yesterday, so I need to get my mind back into the competition,” Fagan said. “When everyone started striking so much, it motivated me, and I bowled some good games the last three to get back into a comfortable position.”

2013WGClaraGuerrero.jpg2013WGDariaKovalova.jpgIn the women’s division, Geraldine Ng put together a second consistent six-game block Friday, finishing with 1344 in the second round. She leads Colombia’s Clara Juliana Guerrero (left) by 18 pins, while the Ukraine’s Daria Kovalova (right) is third just 29 pins off the lead.

Team USA’s Kelly Kulick entered the day with the lead but had a rough six-game block to drop to 10th overall with 2523. After shooting 1,308 in the Mixed Doubles Thursday, Kulick shot just 1,215 in the second round.

“It was an extremely frustrating day,” Kulick said. “The other girls made them look like a house shot, and I made them look hard. I feel like I threw the ball better today than yesterday but the results were the opposite.”

After 18 games of qualifying, the singles field will be cut to the top 10 men and top 10 women for 10 games of round-robin match play. No pins from qualifying will carry forward. After round robin, the top three men and top three women will bowl in the stepladder finals.


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